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Copland: Clarinet Concerto; Bernstein, Gershwin / Stoltzman


Release Date: 08/10/1993 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 61790   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandGordon Hill JenkinsLeonard BernsteinGeorge Gershwin
Performer:  Richard StoltzmanAndrew Shulman
Conductor:  Michael Tilson ThomasEric Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

''Concerto!'' was a Channel Four TV series that showed participating soloists in rehearsal, in conversation with Dudley Moore and Michael Tilson Thomas and, ultimately, in performance... [F]or me, the highlight of ''Concerto!'' is Richard Stoltzman's rapt, sinewy and ultimately high-kicking account of Copland's Clarinet Concerto. Sid Ramin's sensitive transcription of the Bernstein Clarinet Sonata, a fetching 12-minutes' worth, retains a suggestion of the piano part and recalls middle-period Copland; it too is a very good piece and should earn itself far wider currency... [T]he Gershwin items are fun and Gordon Jenkins's tribute to Benny Goodman is as sincerely touching as it is superbly played.

-- Gramophone [12/1993]
''Concerto!'' was a Channel Four TV series that showed participating soloists in rehearsal, in conversation with Dudley Moore and Michael Tilson Thomas and, ultimately, in performance... [F]or me, the highlight of ''Concerto!'' is Richard Stoltzman's rapt, sinewy and ultimately high-kicking account of Copland's Clarinet Concerto. Sid Ramin's sensitive transcription of the Bernstein Clarinet Sonata, a fetching 12-minutes' worth, retains a suggestion of the piano part and recalls middle-period Copland; it too is a very good piece and should earn itself far wider currency... [T]he Gershwin items are fun and Gordon Jenkins's tribute to Benny Goodman is as sincerely touching as it is superbly played.

-- Gramophone [12/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Clarinet by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1948; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/18/1992 
2. Goodbye in Memory of Benny by Gordon Hill Jenkins
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 11/18/1992 
Notes: Arranged: Bill Douglas 
3. West Side Variants by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Eric Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Notes: Arranged: Frank Bennett 
4. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Eric Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941-1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Notes: Orchestrated: Sid Ramin 
5. Shall We Dance: Promenade "Walking the dog" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Eric Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Notes: Arranged: Stanley Silverman 
6. Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Andrew Shulman (Cello), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Eric Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Notes: Arranged: Stanley Silverman 
7. Short Story by George Gershwin
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Eric Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Notes: Arranged: Samuel Dushkin (1925), then Don Sebesky 
8. Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Eric Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Notes: Orchestrated: Don Sebesky 

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